The recipe that I used did not call for cornstarch or corn syrup. The result is that they are slightly wet. Can I do anything to dry them up, such as dusting them with corn flour?

I did dredge them in a mixture of confectioners sugar and corn flour; it helped a little, but I think I will find a recipe that has corn starch in it for next time!

  • I think you need to tell us which ingredient you did use instead of the ingredient you didn't use. Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 10:10

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I don't think I've ever seen a marshmallow recipe without corn syrup, except maybe for methocel marshmallows. But assuming these are standard gelatin marshmallows, you can dredge them in confectioner's sugar and that will make them easier to work with.

Don't "dust" them, actually dredge them, otherwise you'll just end up with globs of wet sugar attached to the exterior. This might happen anyway if your marshmallows are particularly watery, so you might need to dredge them a few times.

Also, don't cover them; it's important to let any moisture evaporate. Gelatin is pretty stable as a gelling agent, but fresh marshmallows are still prone to syneresis, and if you leave them in an enclosed container, the condensation will cause more problems.

If worse comes to worst and the sugar doesn't help, just leave them out in the open for a longer period. The water will continue to evaporate over time and eventually they will reach the consistency you want - although they might shrink a fair amount before then.

  • Recipes marshmallows Special Occasions Soft & Squishy Marshmallows Makes about 40 marshmallows Ingredients 60 ml ( ¼ cup) Cold Water 37 ml (2 ½ tbsp) Gelatine 185 ml ( ¾ cup) Boiling Water 500 ml (2 cups) Huletts White Sugar 1 Egg White Pinch of Salt 3 ml ( ½ tsp) Vanilla Essence
    – Yurisa
    Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 16:02
  • The recipe calls to dust the marshmallows in corn flour, which I did but it did not help.
    – Yurisa
    Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 16:06
  • @Yurisa: Please edit your question by clicking the "edit" link under the tags; the recipe you tried is important information which belongs in the question rather than a comment.
    – Aaronut
    Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 20:52
  • Separately, @Yurisa, as I pointed out, dusting in anything will not help, you need to dredge, and I would use confectioner's sugar rather than corn starch. Corn starch isn't going to have very good flavour and confectioner's sugar already has corn starch in it.
    – Aaronut
    Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 20:55

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